PNCFL sponsors the Professional Assistance Workshops (PAWS) to connect member states to the professional talent in the region. Through PAWS, PNCFL provides each member state organization access to a $500 stipend to help defray the cost of hosting a PAWS presenter. The state organization must be prepared to provide conference registration for the speaker as well as airfare, lodging, ground transportation, and meals. Before contracting your PAWS speaker, please fill out the PAWS request below.   After your event, complete the PAWS reimbursement form here.  For questions about PAWS, please contact us at

Share your Best Conference or Workshop Presentation with Other States

PAWS presenters possess a variety of expertise within the second language field. PAWS is designed for teacher-presenters just like you – not for professional presenters who give workshops for a living. Have you given a workshop only to have attendees tell you later how insightful the presentation was? Have you attended a workshop and returned to the presentation handout time and time again? If so, please consider nominating yourself or a colleague to become a PAWS presenter by completing the application form here. You MUST live in a PNCFL member state in order to be listed in the speaker directory as a PAWS presenter.

Invite a Speaker to your State Conference

PAWS is ideal for state language conferences, language-specific workshops, or in-service or pre-service professional development at the K-12 or postsecondary levels. Customize your PAWS workshop to help teachers prepare students to pass state competency exams, to assist teachers seeking national certification, or to provide guidance on establishing FLES or immersion programs.   Please complete this PAWS request form before you contract your PAWS speaker.

PAWS Directory as of 9/21/2021


Brandon Locke – Director of World Languages and Immersion Programs, Anchorage School District
Topics:  Seal of Biliteracy, teacher preparation, Dual language immersion programming, Standards-based curriculum design, Program evaluation, Indigenous language revitalization


Kristen Wolf – Spanish Teacher
Topics: Curriculum, Developing a program, Proficiency-Based Grading, ACTFL Standards, Building Community, Tech Tools, Brain Breaks, Research-based instruction, Student self-reflection and goal setting


Robert Davis – Professor of Spanish & Romance Languages, University of Oregon
Topics: classroom assessment, curriculum/materials, methodology/pedagogy, standards-based education, content-based instruction

Anne Mueller 
Topics: pedagogy, methodology, classroom applications, assessment


Rick Beck – German Instructor, West Valley Junior High School
Topics: second language acquisition, methodology/pedagogy, classroom management, video usage in the classroom, logic activities in the classroom, picture readers in the classroom, early TPRS

Lynn Johnston -Spanish and French Teacher, Alderwood Middle School
Topics: Assessment, Methodology/Pedagogy, Standards, Common Core, Teacher Prep, Core Practices.

Bridget Yaden – Professor (Spanish), Pacific Lutheran University – Past President, ACTFL
Topics:  Seal of Biliteracy, Technology, teacher preparation, second language acquisition, language labs, Dual-Immersion, K-16

Catherine Ousselin – French Teacher, Mount Vernon High School
Topics: Comprehensible Curriculum Design with ACTFL Core 6 Practices, authentic resource curation and organization, technology integration for languages, 


Ann Tollefson – Steering Committee Co-Chair, New Visions in Action Foreign Language Education
Topics: distance learning